Jillian Tamaki

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Nov 30th, 2009

Come visit me at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival in Williamsburg this SATURDAY! I actually think this may be a hopping show! I have had many people mention to me they’re going to go check it out (often citing that-YAY-it’s free).

Festival program .pdf here.

I DO NOT HAVE A TABLE. I will only be signing, 1pm-2pm. The location has been listed “on the stage”, so I suppose that will be apparent upon inspection. (I’m happy to sign books you bring from home too.)

Our Lady of Consolation Church
184 Metropolitan Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Nov 25th, 2009

Pencil Factory Draw Fest

Nov 23rd, 2009

Here are some scans of the collaborations we did last weekend. They went out to the first 100 orders of Newsprint (offer sold out). I’m not sure who remixed these, but I think most of them are me and Chris Neal, Josh Cochran, Rachel Salomon and PF intern Katie Turner. I just love some of these! More here.

situational Readymades 5

Nov 22nd, 2009

Band Mates.

Eckford Street, Brooklyn.

15 Uses for Newsprint, with 200% more Studio Photos

Nov 22nd, 2009

‘Spent yesterday at the Pencil Factory stuffing envelopes and drawing pictures. Sometimes you collaborate with other people and it ends up better than you could do by yourself and you get depressed.

Anyway, the promo posters are going out soon (contest winners, I’m mailing today!). You can now buy a poster package online for $10 if you so desire.

I was asked to take some photos of my studio space for Pencil Factory Promo, so here they are. I have three desks: one for computer, one for light-table/drawing, and another (not visible) that simply exists to hold paper.

I had to bribe the cat with a tub of catnip to be in the room for this photo.

I also have to designate a cat sleeping area on my desk. That’s precious real estate, you know. This cat is a total pain in the ass. Print by Suvinai Ashoona, god’s-eyes by Alison Yip.

To view all posters and some way more interesting studio spaces, go here.

Heart Running

Nov 20th, 2009

Here’s an illustration for Runner’s World Germany. It’s about running with a heart condition. Usually I don’t use such a “deep space” in illustrations, but this was kinda fun. A little atmospheric interference* goes a long way.

*for students: the basic principle, as it pertains to art and drawing, is that things get more “low-value” as they get farther away. This is due to moisture, pollution, and other particles floating in the air between your eye and whatever you’re looking at. That’s why someone standing 10 feet away will appear crisper and more high value, than, say, the Empire State Building a mile away in the distance. In reality, the image above maybe isn’t the best example, since it’s kind of about fog and whatnot. The example of the Empire State Building is better.

Bird Brains

Nov 18th, 2009

Pencil Factory Promo

Nov 16th, 2009

We’ve started to brand The Pencil Factory. What is The Pencil Factory? It’s a big old building here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (a genuine pencil factory) where lots of people have their studios, including Sam Weber, Josh Cochran, Christopher Silas Neal, and others. I am only an honorary member (I work out of home), but I occasionally bake cupcakes and bring them to the studio, therefore I COUNT.

Anyway, we made a little promo of newsprint posters (that’s mine, above). Go here to see who’s involved and to get some handy ideas on what to do with your poster after you’re finished enjoying it.

I have 12 copies of the poster package to give away. Email me with the subject line “PRINT IS NOT DEAD!” and I’ll send you one… FREE! All the posters are gone. Thanks for playing! I think there will be a chance to buy them in the future. I’ll keep you posted.

P.S. Thanks to Josh Cochran and Jennifer Daniel for putting the paper together.

Passing the Ball

Nov 15th, 2009

For Plansponsor.

You may recall, this was in the Gallery of Rejected Sketches. Thanks to SooJin Buzelli, AD, it’s an orphan no more!

Sam helped colour this one.

Best Illustrated Books: The Plaque

Nov 12th, 2009

I was charged with making the award plaques for this year’s NYTimes Best Illustrated Books list (see post below). Here’s the illustration I did. I was pretty nervous to see the plaques handed out to the winners. Here are people who KNOW illustration and –yipes– will probably be putting the thing on their wall to look at, you know, forever.